Oct
03

ALDS Game 2: If the Angels don’t win…

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The other night I decided upon the catch-22 of playoff baseball: I dislike the Red Sox. So I can’t root for them. As the night wore on, I couldn’t decide, however, which team I disliked more: Do I dislike the Angels because they can’t beat the Red Sox more than I dislike the Red Sox? In the end, probably not, but it sure would be nice for the Angels to win a game.

The last time the Angels defeated the Red Sox in the postseason was on October 11, 1986 when they took a 3-1 Championship Series lead. They’ve now lost a whopping 10 in a row in October to the Red Sox.

Red Sox Lineup
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Drew RF
Bay LF
Kotsay 1B
Varitek C
Cora SS

Matsuzaka P

Angels Lineup
Figgins 3B
Anderson LF
Teixeira 1B
Guerrero DH
Hunter CF
Rivera RF
Kendrick 2B
Mathis C
Aybar P

Santana P – It’s interesting to see the Angels turn to Santana at home. He was 5-5 with a 4.02 ERA in Anaheim and 11-2 with a 3.02 ERA on the road

First pitch is set for 9:37 p.m.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    “Alex Cora wins games.”

    - Steve Phillips

  • Ivan

    I really hope that Dice-K gets lit up. Proving to people he’s a fraud and he was basically lucky this season. That probably won’t happen considering the Angels law is not let one pitch go by them.

    • Whitey14

      Pitchers who win 18 games with a 2.90 ERA, and lead the league in OBA certainly have some luck, but it can’t all be luck.

      • Whitey14

        I think to call him a fraud is a bit excessive

  • Ivan

    Yo lets go Ervin Santana.

  • UWS

    Santana was the one who shut us down in ’05 after Colon had to take an early exit, right?

    I’m having flashbacks.

    • Ivan

      Yea he did.

  • Ivan

    Yea Ervin, make Pedroia your bitch.

    • UWS

      He did.

  • Ivan

    Geez Youkilis is fucking ugly, you can see his sweat running away from his face.

  • UWS

    Dear Angels,

    F*k you, you good for nothing collection of assclowns.

    Love,
    UWS

    • UWS

      Like I was saying….

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Really?

  • pat

    you’ve got to be fucking kidding me

  • Steve

    Manny?

    WE DONT NEED NO STINKIN MANNY!!

  • Steve

    Sox just own these tools. Good, I need to get some sleep.

    Let me know how Brackman does, peeps.

  • Ivan

    You know Ervin, your a fuckin bitch. Your a better pitcher now than when the yanks face ya 3 years ago, and you shut them down. Now you gonna shit ya pants in the fuckin first inning against the sox.

  • pat

    odds angels go 1-2-3 in their half of the inning?

    • UWS

      100:1.

      • pat

        checks in the mail

  • Ivan

    Finally!!!

  • Ivan

    A Angel hitter takes three pitches in a row.

  • Ivan

    Vlad Guerrero hit a homer.

  • UWS

    Torii hit a single.

    Woot!

  • Ivan

    I know that Hunter got a RBI on that but that was a ball in the dirt.

  • Ivan

    Nice Job Rivera, swinging at the first pitch. It’s not like ya team is down 3 runs against a guy who will walk the ballpark.

    • UWS

      Give it up, dude. I mean, Halos already have. Let’s just hope Rays make it to the next round, they are the only hope of stopping the Sox. Grr.

      I thought Angels were supposed to be good fundamentally. That’s now two outs in a row that they failed to get. Just ugly.

      • Ivan

        “I thought Angels were supposed to be good fundamentally”

        you believe that? A team that hardley walks, take bad a-bats and make silly out on the basepaths. This is who they are.

        • UWS

          But-but-but! That’s what ESPN tells me, so it must be true. Are you saying…I shouldn’t trust everything I see or read in the media?! It feels like my world is crumbling down around me…

        • pat

          didnt they have the lowest runs scored:allowed ratio? or they outplayed their pythag the most

          • UWS

            They did, by 12 games or so, I believe.

  • pat

    HAHAHAHA YESSSSSSS

  • 1996 Yankee Alumni Society

    The word “underrated” is tossed around too much (but Garret Anderson is the most underrated player in MLB for at least the last decade). Would have been great if he had been wearing pinstripes & batting 5th for the Yanks all that time.

    • keith

      wtF?

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    So all that stands in the way of another stinkin’ Sawx championship is ….

    TAMPA?!!!

    • TheLastClown

      Tampa will beat Boston, if the Angels dont.

  • Ivan

    Come on Angels, get some runs.

  • pat

    giambi would have waved bye bye as that ball sped by him

  • Joe

    Whatever happened to Gustavo Chacin? As random as that may sound there is a perfectly logical line of reasoning behind it.

    • pat

      then tell us

      • Joe

        Well, Tim at MLBtraderumors did there annual team outlook and I it occured to me that I hadn’t heard this guy’s name in awhile. Plus, he looks really evil so you know how that goes. So are you going to answer my question or not?

        • Joe

          their

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          To things happened to Chacin:

          1. He sucks
          2. He had major, major arm surgery, like torn labrum and torn rotator cuff kind of major

          • Joe

            To things can’t happen, but two things can happen. Zing! Really, I though he was good, well I’ll take your word for it. What’s up with the laburms, now Paredes as well. So much for our third basemen. Mike, was Parades better than Suttle? Atleast they can now battle for who comes back from the torn labrum first.

  • TheLastClown

    So the Dodgers get Manny, he hits two DS home runs. Ugly Boston gets Bay, he hits two even more impactful home runs. Did the Pirates get shafted? I don’t know anything about Andy LaRoche, but Craig Hansen didn’t look good, and the other two I don’t know anything about.

    But it puzzles me

  • TheLastClown

    O Yes, O God Yes

  • pat

    that was a filthy pitch

  • Pedro

    Hitters should realize Matsuzaka almost always throws a 3-1, 2-0, 3-2 slider or cutter. He rarely throws a FB when in a hitter’s count.

  • UWS

    Morales?? If you’re going to put Napoli in next inning anyway, why not just let him bat?

    Sciosia is trying to outsmart himself?

  • E-ROC

    I don’t think Scott Boras can be anymore visible in this series.

  • UWS

    Jason Varitek is so great, he doesn’t even need a pitcher out on the mound. Varitek makes balls materialize and fly through the air all by himself, with his brainpower alone. True story.

    For TBS, I’m Buck Martinez.

    /tommiesmithjohncarlos

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Jason Varitek is so gritty, that he coaxed no-hitters out of four young, Vietnamese immigrants before paying for their citizenship test. Heart of a champion.

      For Fox, I’m Tim McCarver.

      /tsjc

  • pat

    this has to be some of the stupidest shit i have ever heard an announcer say

  • E-ROC

    You know its going bad when Varitek gets a base hit on a check swing.

  • Mike Pop

    Lol Boras is on the phone with Arod saying man if you listened to me and signed with the Angels you could be playing right now instead of sitting home on the couch eating cheetos watching this game… Arods like damn Scotty boy you were right

    • rafael

      Yep, that’s exactly what’s happening.

  • Mike Pop

    Arrerondo is nice man

  • greg

    god fucking damn it

  • E-ROC

    Damn.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Man, the Angels are such bitches.

  • TheLastClown

    Tex-mazing

  • UWS

    My prediction for this inning:

    Single, single, walk, infield pop-up, GIDP.

    • TheLastClown

      Positivity…with a capital P

      • UWS

        Hmm. Torii throwing a wrench into my plan by swinging at the first…fucking…pitch. Argh.

        • UWS

          And there’s the walk!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Alright baby, time to prove the best record in the regular season wasn’t a fluke.

  • UWS

    Mike, where’s that list of GM candidates you promised us? Of who you thought should replace Cash if he had decided to leave?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The top two choices were Tony Lacava (Jays’ assistant GM) and Logan White (Dodgers’ assistant GM). I was debating between those two, and I would have chosen one to be the official GM candidate of RAB. I probably would have gone White, because he’s got the same qualifications as LaCava, but he’s done the big market thing.

      The other candidates I considered were (in nor particular order):

      Jason McLeod (BoSox’s scouting director)
      Dan Jennings (Marlins’ assistant GM)
      Peter Woodfork (D-Backs’ assistant GM)
      Mike Rizzo (Nats’ assistant GM)

      And off course Oppenheimer as well.

      • UWS

        Interesting, thanks!

        Good thing you guys never had to publish it, eh?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Yeah seriously. Cash was absolutely the guy I wanted in charge.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    First pitch Torii? Really?

  • E-ROC

    Just missed that pitch.

  • TheLastClown

    At least scratch out one more

  • UWS

    Friggin’ Rivera trying to kill our future first baseman. Punk.

  • pat

    OH THE WEBBINGGG!G!G!G!

  • TheLastClown

    Time for the choke collar to come off Howie

    • TheLastClown

      So Ugly

  • E-ROC

    Make the pitcher throw strikes, people!!!

  • E-ROC

    No shock there.

  • UWS

    Jesus Christ, Howie.

  • UWS

    Wait, Varitek can’t leadership pitchers into throwing strikes? I’m shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you!

  • E-ROC

    Take’em how ever you can get’em.

  • TheLastClown

    Beautiful walk

  • TheLastClown

    This is one of the more painful games I’ve ever watched

    • Ivan

      Can you imagine if the yanks had a-bats like this. I would of had a heart attack already.

      • UWS

        Tell me about it. This game is not doing wonders for my blood pressure and I don’t really even have a horse in this race!

      • TheLastClown

        They did, quite a few times this season

        • UWS

          Yeah, but I think he means if it was the Yanks in the postseason having ABs like that.

  • E-ROC

    Geez.

  • UWS

    So it has been written, so it has been said: the Angel do suck. Verily.

  • Ivan

    Howie Kendrick has had some of the worst a-bats I,ve seen in quite some time. My Goodness was that last a-bat. He makes Cano look like Giambi.

  • pat

    MARK WATCH OUT FOR THAT BAT!!!!!!

  • UWS

    Why does Martize keep calling Ortiz ORtiz?

    • UWS

      *Martinez

  • YankCrank20

    here comes the future Met

  • Ivan

    Mr. overrated #57 is on the mound.

  • TheLastClown

    Nice play. Aybar’s been all over the place tonight

  • Ivan

    Don’t get mad Pedroia, toughen up bitch.

  • UWS

    Take it easy, Frankie. It’s not like you just struck out Barry Bonds to end the WS or something.

    • YankCrank20

      Exactly. K-Rod and Papelbitch are always far more demonstrative on the mound than Joba and he got so much shit. Always pissed me off

      • dan

        That’s because joba was throwing a party in the 7th inning, closing nothing. Doing complete pirouettes while letting out primal screams.

        Honestly, Angel/Yankee/Boston fans should all shut up about pitchers celebrating. They all do it.

        • Whitey14

          AMEN!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    RUN FIGGINS RUN!!!!!!!

  • TheLastClown

    Well its about bloody time!

  • Ivan

    Finally, Figgins shows up to get the first extra base hit for the Angels.

  • YankCrank20

    JD Drew did his best Abreu impression at the wall

  • Bill N

    they have to get this run in

  • TheLastClown

    Here comes Papelbon?
    or Timlin?

  • pat

    if this were the yankees, on 3rd chone would stay

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No kidding.

      All I ask is for a groundball to the right side. That’s not too much to ask with Anderson-Tex-Vlad-Torii due up, is it?

      • pat

        i beleive tex prefers the fundamentally sound homerun to right

    • UWS

      He still might.

  • Ivan

    Okay bring Papelbon really makes little sense here in a situation like this.

  • YankCrank20

    I hope Tex drops a bomb on Paps ass

  • pat

    this makes me so happy theyre bringing paps in

  • UWS

    Does Papelbon have any 2 inning saves this year?

  • Bill N

    btw, i don’t know who mentioned it the other day but…….
    I actually had a red sox fan tell me that Veriblow was a HOF…. i laughed right in his face and said can i please have whatever it is you are on.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I had someone tell me Ortiz was a HOFer, and that was like, 3 years ago.

      • Bill N

        the best was his reason that he caught 4 no hitters.
        I couldn’t believe it. I know most sox fans aren’t that bright but comeon

  • Ivan

    Great, great, great fucking job Angerson.

    • pat

      hes the most underrated player in the history of baseball

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Every time an Angel swings at the first pitch, he should be tasered on the spot.

  • Ivan

    Would it be smart to IBB Tex to get to Guerrero?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I probably would have. But then you’re running the risk of a Vladdy 3-R homer, which is more likely than a GIDP.

  • UWS

    YEAAHHHHHH

  • YankCrank20

    Of course Tex gets it done. Love him

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Tex is the only Angel that decided to show up this series. Give that man a contract.

    • Ivan

      Why you think I compare him to Beltran.

    • UWS

      Some might say he’s only trying hard because he wants a big payday.

      Not me, but some might.

  • TheLastClown

    Fundamentally sound Tex, fundamentally sound

  • Ivan

    I knew Tex would do the job. I trust him, after all he’s the only person in that lineup with some plate disipline.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Will Cardiac K-Rod hold ‘em down for an inning? Stay tuned…

    • TheLastClown

      Good name for him, instantly applicable

      • UWS

        I’m partial to Heart Attack City, myself.

  • TheLastClown

    Looks like this is going to go on for a while.

  • Bill N

    so how many knotts will K-Rod give Halos fans stomachs tonight ?

  • pat

    holy shit i thought that was gonzo

  • Ivan

    I thought that was gone yo.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Hit Willits in a bad spot, right in the mitt.

  • pat

    weather its a lucky stat or not youkilis hitting 378 or whatever w/risp is pretty incredible

  • Bill N

    of course

  • UWS

    WTF??????

  • pat

    clearly out

  • YankCrank20

    Holly shit he was so out

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Man, he was out.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Heh, Aybar had a little conniption there.

      • Whitey14

        He should have a conniption fit there. I would too if I missed the tag on his front foot and even allowed the umpire to have a shot at blowing the call. Slow motion replay didn’t even let us see difinitively if his front foot reached the bag before the tag came on his back foot. I wouldn’t bet a quarter on whether that call was right or wrong. Some of you guys must have some incredible vision…

  • Alex

    Out.

  • YankCrank20

    it’s ok Drew sucks he’ll blow it

    • pat

      orrrr not

    • YankCrank20

      my bad yo

  • pat

    k-rod’s got some marlon brando godfather type cheeks

  • TheLastClown

    Fail-Rod

  • UWS

    Yup, K-Rod will fit right in on the Mets.

  • E-ROC

    Damn Mike, you just had to jinx them.

  • Ivan

    Overrated.

  • YankCrank20

    woops

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Figures. K-Rod sucks so bad, it’s not even funny.

    I need to see some Mo, I forgot what a real closer looks like.

  • Alex

    88 mph? Was that the fastball?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I think it was a changeup that didn’t change. Those are called “meatballs.”

  • Ivan

    Which sucker is gonna pay K-Rod 60+ Million.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Minaya. Fo sho.

    • E-ROC

      Tigers…….nevermind, the Mets will.

    • Alex

      He’ll either be a Met or a Tiger. It’d be a smooth transition from Todd Jones to K-Rod.

  • Ivan

    Seriously, his FB velocity is not the same and has gone down for a while. All he throws is breaking balls and his control is average on a good day.

    He’s 26 and lose velo on his heat.

    At 26, Mo was throwing 98MPH and at 38 Mo throws harder than K-Rod.

    • pat

      just makes you realize even more that we got to watch one of the greatest pitchers of all time

  • Ivan

    You know whats funny, K-Rod might be the highest paid closer in baseball and is only the 5th best closer in the AL and 6th best in the majors if you include Lidge.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Kerry Wood is better too. Hell, you can argue that Marmol is a better closer too.

  • dkidd

    when they cut to the stunned close-up of scioscia (or however it’s spelled) i had an epiphany: i hate the angels more than i hate the red sox

    • UWS

      Seriously. I think I might hate K-Rod more than I hate most of the Red Sox. So while it’s disappointing that Boston will win, anything that takes K-Rod down a peg can’t be that bad.

  • E-ROC

    Really??????????????????????

    A bunt attempt????????????

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Seriously. That might have been the dumbest play I’ve seen by anyone ever.

      • Lanny

        Not like he had a LEG PROBLEM or anything.

  • Ivan

    Well this series is probably over.

  • dkidd

    i’m coming late to this thread, did anyone else notice scott boros looming over variteks shoulder all game?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, he’s got season tix.

      • pat

        wtf kind of seat is that its like a special dugout

        • Lanny

          Well he does represent about ten guys on each team here.

  • Ivan

    This team was soft 100 win team anyway. Overrated. And the thing about is, this was their best chance to win.

  • E-ROC

    Its pretty sad when a failed $50 million player is having a better AB than a failed $90 million player

  • dkidd

    okay, never mind. i hate the red sox more

  • pat

    yankee stadium he would have had a facefull of fist, granted it was a row of camerapeople but nonetheless

  • UWS

    Could a non-life-threatening accident happen to Chip Caray that deprives him of all ability to speak?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Seriously? No fan could get in the way there? Sissy SoCalers.

  • Ivan

    Here’s another guy ticking me off, Howie Kendrick.

  • E-ROC

    Kendrick actually took a pitch.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh good, Howie Kendrick represents out number 27.

    • UWS

      Veritably A-Rodian.

  • E-ROC

    He’ll probably strike out anyway.

  • dkidd

    howie cant-rick

  • Ivan

    Seriously though, the only teams that could of beaten the Sox in a 7 game series are the three teams in the AL East, TB, NY, and Tor and two of them are not in the playoffs obviously.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No kidding. The Jays would have put up more of a fight.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Papelbon’s such a bitch.

  • dkidd

    who’s more annoying? papelbon or k-rod?

    • pat

      papelbon beyond a shred of a doubt

  • pat

    yes papelbon that IS what you are talking about

  • Ivan

    No surprise Kendrick swings at a pitch at his head and K’s and ends the game. His A-bats have been atrocious.

    • Lanny

      Who’s had worse at bats this playoffs?

      Kendrick, Soriano, or Fukodome

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Oof, that’s tough.

        • Lanny

          I’m partial to Soriano because watching him now reminds me of his classic strike out everytime at-bat parade in the 2003 playoffs. Good memories.

  • E-ROC

    E.T.’s celebration is bush league. Seriously, its not that serious. Act like you’ve been there before at least one time.

  • Bill N

    i am going to go throwup now

  • Ivan

    Yo these playoff games suck.

  • pat

    are all the series’ 2-0 now?

    • Ivan

      Yea.

  • Lanny

    How do the Angels roll over and die everytime they play Boston?

    It is embarrassing.

    We are staring at 3 titles in 5 years for them. Makes me sick.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They still have a long ways to go before you can say 3-in-5.

      • Lanny

        You really see the Rays beating them?

        Phillies and Dodgers??

        • pat

          all three actually

          • Lanny

            I see the Phils and Dodgers as NL patsies ala 2004-2007.

            The Rays starters don’t go more than 5 innings. That team scares you?

            Their two biggest challenges are about to bow out in lame fashion.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          They’re not perfect. The Angels just make them look that way.

  • Lanny

    Maybe I have bad memories of the past 3 years but I really think a 5 game series is terrible.

    If you lose Game 1, especially at home, you are pretty much F’d.

    I don’t see why they haven’t gone to 7 games. They have all the days off to do it and since when does MLB turn down extra revenue?

  • pat

    i just wish both chicago teams could be swept at home on the same day

  • Lanny

    OJ just went down. Karma for committing two murders.

    • pat

      im kind of hoping the jury leans more towards life as opposed to the 15 years

  • Bonos

    Brackman four scoreless innings 2 H, 1BB, 4 SO.

    • pat

      excellent news

    • Arizona Steve

      How are you getting the updates?

      • pat

        mlb.com then click the stats tab and go to winter leagues

        • Arizona Steve

          Great. Thanks.

  • Ivan

    Brackman 5.0 3 0 0 1 5 0

    That’s more like it.